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3 teens held in alleged 'copycat' incidents after Arizona freeway attacks

3 teens held in alleged 'copycat' incidents after Arizona freeway attacks

By Sarah Parvini for The LA Times

Athorities in Arizona arrested three teenagers in what they called a "copycat" case that mimicked a string of shootings and other attacks in the Phoenix area over the last two weeks.

The three 18-year-olds allegedly used slingshots to shoot granite rocks at pedestrians and vehicles, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead said at a news conference Sunday afternoon.

Arpaio said the teens admitted to shooting at six pedestrians at State Route 24 and Ellsworth Road within four hours on Saturday.

Among the victims was a couple whose car window shattered from the rocks, he said.

“The victims were smart enough to get the license plate of the vehicle that pulled up alongside,” Arpaio told reporters, adding that their vigilance led to the teens' arrests.

The attacks are "still serious" despite being copycat crimes, Arpaio said.

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